The week that was in SA sport
1 COMMONWEALTH GAMES SELECTION FARCE SOUTH AFRICAN SPORTS
Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has shattered more dreams with its non-selection for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, set to take place from 23 July to 3 August.
Not only will there be no South African men’s cycling team but SA squash will have no representative even though Stephen Coppinger is currently ranked number 21 in the world.
So, how does Badminton SA (with no-one ranked in the world top 80 in singles or doubles) have seven players going to Glasgow?
“As National Federations we are not permitted to comment on selection. Please direct your question to Sascoc. Sorry,” said Larry Keys of Badminton SA. As usual, there was no reply from Sascoc. Sadly, most federations are scared to speak out of any Sascoc wrongdoing for fear of reprisals and possible losing of benefits from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).
Mind, Sports SA, the national controlling body for mind sports in SA, was recently ‘suspended’ without due process for allegedly criticising Sascoc.
So, many of the federations are also conflicted about whether to speak out or not.
Sascoc also turns a blind eye to its own constitution, which states: “No member will be eligible for acquire or retain membership of Sascoc unless it has a constitution which provides for: no director and/or office bearer may continue to hold office continuously for more than 12 (twelve) years.”
A number of federations, however, are contravening this.
Meanwhile, Sascoc has also denied SA’s top junior tennis player, Ilze Hattingh, a chance to compete in the Youth Olympics, even after she was endorsed by the International Tennis Federation.
So, how do you encourage young SA sportsmen and women when this is happening?
SA sport is in dire need of change and first step should be forensic and lifestyle audits of Department of Sport and Recreation, Sascoc and NLDTF agency members.
Enough is enough.
2 SHARKS ONLY SA TEAM IN SUPER 15 POST SEASON
AGAIN, IT WAS the same old story of SA teams hurting the chances of other SA teams in the Super 15.
With the Stormers beating the Bulls 16- 0 and the Cheetahs beating the Sharks 27-20, the Sharks will be the only SA team in the post season.
From being at the top of the log for so many weeks, the Sharks have now slipped to third, which means that they will probably end up with a playoff game and have to travel to either Sydney or Christchurch for a semi-final.
This is not ideal but that could still change if the Sharks beat the Stormers at Newlands in their final game and the Crusaders lose at home to the Highlanders.
The Sharks would then finish second on the log behind the Waratahs, who have already clinched top spot.
3 AMLA JUST SO GOOD
HASHIM AMLA HAS now managed to get 13 one day international (ODI) centuries.
Amla’s 109 and AB de Villiers’s 75 set the platform for the Proteas 75 run win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI.
304/5 was the Proteas’ highest total in Sri Lanka and it was only the third time SA had won an ODI on Sri Lankan soil.
Imran Tahir finished with 3-50, and two wickets apiece for Steyn, Morkel and McLaren.
4 DURBAN JULY DECIDED IN THE BOARDROOM
IT’S NOT OFTEN that I find a champion, but Legislate winning the Vodacom Durban July made me look good at the Sunbet Horse racing launch.
Still, it’s a great shame that the winner had to be decided in the boardroom.
Wylie Hall was the first horse past the post, but was then relegated to second following an objection from Legislate’s jockey, Richard Fourie.
The two horses made contact over the last few hundred metres and the stipendiary stewards felt it was enough interference to overturn the result.
So, another July winner for the Justin Snaith stable.